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Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

4.4
7824 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Located in historic Old Town Alexandria behind the Torpedo Factory, Chart House is the area’s only waterfront dining location. It boasts panoramic views of the Potomac River, Woodrow Wilson Bridge & the U.S. Capitol Building. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 29 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From fresh seafood specialties to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, New Wave Surf & Turf & our slow roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines, & decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Waterfront dining at its best!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
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Phone number
(703) 684-5080
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jeff Paul Lewis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union Street
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Parking details
There are several public parking lots on Union Street adjacent to our restaurant.
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Public transit
King Street Metro Station
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

The Alexandria Chart House is a quintessential waterfront location for hosting private events including luncheons, business meetings, holiday & social events. Our private dining room overlooks the Potomac River with views of the U.S. Capitol and can accommodate groups up to 80 guests.

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What 7824 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.6
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4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Celebrated my daughter’s birthday. Food was awesome! Customer service was exceptional! Will be back!

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5.0Dined a day ago

Food and Service was amazing, we didn’t have to wait long to be seated our waitress was amazing and helped make everything better.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine in this Restaurant. Our server Will was very good, he knows what wine to recommend and he also pre-sell appetizer, he recommended sizzling mushroom, which was very good.

I was just surprised the Restaurant Manager did not stop by :-( Also, we noticed that the receptionist who escorted us to our table was "drugged" or "drank" or "sleepy", we couldn't understand what she's talking about, she can hardly speak. Not a good image to Chart House.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The chart house is always nice and with a scenic view. I love the salad bar and drink options are usually pretty good. Parking isn't difficult in old town by the waterfront. The waitress we had seemed to be new, so it caused issues, but won't keep me from coming back.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Brunch was tasty, enjoyed the .99 cent bubbly and the window seating made my birthday extra special!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It's always a great time, romantic and excellent food and service!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

There was a very strong smell of oil that we brought it home in our clothes, that wasn’t very pleasant!

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Imagine reaching the $100.00 Reward point. You go online to pick a restaurant. You choose the Chart House in Old Alexandria, VA. You remember the great meals which you’ve had there whenever you visited Washington DC. You were sure of a wonderful experience.

Wrapped in your Sunday-best confidence in your assurances, take your family to a special evening. So far, so good.

We start with a perfectly executed Pomegranate Martini. Yum! Reeaal good!

Follow that with a filet pouched tastily on bed of wonderfully creamy mashed potatoes accented with four asparagus stems. This was a strong presentation with balanced flavors and textures. The steak was tender and well prepared.

Full to the gill and “fat and sassy “, I ordered some cheesecake to go and my check. To my amazement, the manager, Ian, informed me that there was nothing on the account- as though the printed reward in his hands, actually didn’t exist.

I was embarrassed in front of my family and in ear- distance of the incident. Ian fumbled and hemmed and hawed. When I was firm in my conviction and insisted that he slink back to the office and follow the clear directions for redemption of the Reward or call for help, he disappeared for some time and then returned.
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He, without apology, announced that the Reward would be honored and my bill associated with my Landry's Select Club account was $45.00. Bully for me! A quality establishment would have at least offered some compensation for such an amateurish middle headed faux pas.

Three days later, I am still sizzling!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We really enjoy coming to this restaurant when we are in town. Great food

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a great time at Chart House, we had a reservation but still had to wait and the staff seemed a bit chaotic. Once we were at our table we all had fish and it was delicious! They brought a cake for my grandparents anniversary and it was very nice. It's a bit pricey but you're paying for the whole experience in my book. Quiet table in the corner with great views of the river. I would drop the asian flare part of the menu and focus on the good fresh fish you have.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Dramatic venue on water front. Large menu, but friends said that the salad bar seemed to have less variety than in the past. Friendly service, but a bit slow due to full house that night. Drinks were good, but featured dessert not as great as promoted (a bit dry).

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I had not gotten to this restaurant for many years mostly because of the fact that the parking in the area is horrible. But we decided to go with a friend from out of town. The service and view are great. The salad bar is not what it used to be, and I would say it is a pale shadow of what it used to be. I was quite disappointed with it. The entrees were so-so and overall disappointing - mine was supposed to have a ginger sauce on it and I could not taste any ginger. One friend had coconut shrimp - Red Lobster’s are much better.

Overall, I was sad to see the decline I. The food quality. There were also quite a few empty tables all through the time were there, yet people were kept waiting for long periods of time if they did not have a reservation.

I am a native of Northern Virginia, and the restaurant is not what it used to be. As a local, this was sad. I do not have any reason to return as a result. I mentioned this to a coworker on Monday, and he had to exact same feeling. The place is very overpriced for the meals we had, and all of these negative observations are evidenced by the many empty tables!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Everything was excellent. Maybe a fly on the window sill, but that did not bother us.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I haven't been here in over 10 years. When I arrived all my childhood memories came poring back. The service was excellent and the food was great! Definitely get the molten lava cake!!!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

You pay for the view. Love the outside seating there.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The setting is wonderful. We had a great table overlooking the Potomac. Our reservation wasn’t ready and we had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated.
The food was average. My shrimp fresca seemed to have been kept under the warming lights too long and was dry. The “lump crab” was more shredded. My wife had trouble finding the flounder under the stuffing.
Most disconcerting was the waiter’s fumbling with opening the $70 bottle of wine. He had to leave the table to get someone else to finish pulling the cork. The wine was a bit warm for a white suggesting that the cellar wasn’t being monitored.
We enjoyed our view, engaged each other in good conversation, but don’t plan to go back.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Went for my birthday and everything was very good. Even though I made a reservation, the wait was still around 15 minutes which isn’t terrible. I did request a window table and was seated near the window but not next to the window. That was a little disappointing. The wine was excellent, shrimp cocktail was amazing and generously proportioned. I had the crab legs and my wife had the almond crusted chicken. Both were incredible but the waiter had a hard time tracking down crackers for my crab legs so I had wait a little bit to eat. Again, not a huge deal but a little disappointing. I did enjoy a free cappuccino mud pie for my bday. Overall it’s a wonderful restaurant with breathtaking views.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Nice happy hour before dining and wonderful meal to celebrate a Birthday. Great table and service was smooth.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

First thing you notice upon entering is the smell of grease from the kitchen.

The hostess station resembles a wait station. They stand behind a counter that looks more like a wall. Hard to tell where to check in. When asked, the response was rather rude.

Seated at a nice table with a view. Server tried hard to suggest drinks, entrees, appetizers and dessert. A little too much emphasis on that vs quality and genuine service.

Overall service was poor. Poor follow up on refilling water (first time they poured water in our glasses the water was brown), ordered drinks never got them, entree came out not as ordered with missing topping, sent it back tasted like over seasoned fish, lack of follow up after entrees came out, etc... Not impressed.

Felt like I was in a production line. Get them in and get them out.

Quality was just not there.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Start with a rookie server, then add sub-par cocktails, average red snapper and a bottle of wine delivered to the table 1/2 way through dinner, you get a waste of money.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food and service were great. James, our service was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great food and service from staff

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Dinner experience was compromised by an issue that should not happen. Every glass for both wine and water smelled and tasted of chlorine. This is very off putting when you order an expensive wine and bottled water. The waiter tried to clean the glasses with marginal effect but there was no ownership of the problem by the restaurant. One got the impression that nobody really cared.
If you enjoy good wine dine elsewhere

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Made reservations for dinner in advance and arrived 15 minutes earlier as it was too cold to tour the area. We were seated quickly and had excellent service. The food is very good, but expensive as you are paying for the view.
Would suggest the restaurant add a crab cake dinner as only choice was to add an appetizer or steak.
Good choice for special event.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved the food and the atmosphere. Good dining and great location would love to come back again cannot wait to come back again. Truly enjoyed myself. And love and enjoyed the food.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed it compared to most of the seafood restaurants in the area.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our family celebration was well served and the various food choices much enjoyed. It was on a Sunday so a Brunch menu was available together with very reasonably priced Mimosas. They were great once the server made sure they were not overwhelmed with orange juice. We all thoroughly enjoyed our family get together.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great customer service and scenery. Food was excellent. Love the crab cakes

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The room we were in was very loud....the ceiling was the problem

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Hostess Mary was extremely accommodating.
The waiter and all the staff were on top of their game.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I lived in Fairfax County for almost 20 years before retiring 5 yrs ago. Now my wife & I live back in upstate NY, over 300 miles away. But we still love traveling down occasionally for the fabulous meals, great Potomac/DC scenery, cozy fireplace, and the warm welcome from your attentive staff. My recent salmon meal was superb as was my wife's stuffed shrimp meal.
We have occasionally brought down some friends from here in upstate NY who also enjoy therir lunch or dinners at the Chart House. We plan to bring them down again some time.
Thank-you ALL in Alexandria VA for the memorable times in your A+++ Chart House Restaurant!! Jobs Very Well DONE!

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Party of 7, reservations for 7:15pm, waitress very slow in service performance. When order was finally taken, waitress failed to share that certain desserts take 30-40mins. After dinner, my guest decided to order a special dessert (not knowing the time required), we were told the time period (35-40) and declined. Ordered coffee and if was barely warm, asked for a hot/fresh cup, the cup was microwaved with the coffee because the handle too hot to hold!! Very disappointed of our overall service, but food items were very tasty. Thanks.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The server was very nice. The restaurant has a great view of the river. The food was underwhelming for the price. On par with Red Lobster. The was not bad. It was good, but not what they charge good.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great - Mark our server was the best!

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Open Table reservation could not be found and supposedly was not in the system. Regrettable, indeed. Some members of the party of four that arrived a little early were told there was no reservation for this party of four under my name...Embarassing, Host, however, was very gracious and found us a good table eventually.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My date and I wanted somewhere nice to have dinner. Then Chart House popped in my head. We had met some friends there for dinner on a Saturday evening in October (my first time there). We had a great time. The service was great, the food was delicious, and we had great conversation. We plan to meet there again soon.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Overall it was a good experience. A few odd things. We arrive early for our reservation. The hostess says I'll check you in and get you seated right away. We had to wait 20+ minutes. I don't know why the hostess didn't just say we won't have your table until closer to your reservation time. We could have walked around instead of standing in the lobby. We almost fell walking to our table. The walkway separating the front/bar area and rear of the restaurant was extremely slippery. There was no warning sign at all. Our waitress although polite and friendly, failed to inform us about certain aspects of the menu including how the salad bar works. The food was good and the view was nice.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We dined here for Easter dinner. At check-in we requested a window table and were very pleased with a wonderful view of the harbor. James, our waiter, provided excellent suggestions with the menu and drinks and was very attentive throughout the meal – much appreciated. An additional professional touch – members of the management team checking in with us and other guests to see if all was well and good.

Our meal was excellent. Mrs. had baked Mahi with coconut ginger rice and grilled asparagus – cooked perfectly. I had sautéed swordfish. Both fish dishes were fresh, using quality selections and were very tasty. The veggies also excellent – gently cooked but still nice and crisp – very tasty.

We both had dessert – a slice of key lime pie and a selection of different flavor crème brulee.
This is a wonderful restaurant, located right on the Old Town Alexandria harbor. An excellent vantage point to view boats pulling in and out of harbor, and lots of people walking about the docks. Excellent food. Reservations recommended.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful place for Easter dinner. Red snapper was excellent. And the chocolate lava cake is a must have!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent meal & window seating lovely. Made for a special Easter Dinner fun time.

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